The monsoon season, which begins on June 1 and lasts until September 30, is important for summer crops, bringing around 70% of India’s yearly rainfall.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) reported on Thursday that conditions are favourable for the start of monsoon in Kerala on May 31, a day earlier than usual. IMD scientists believe that Cyclonic Yaas, which wreaked havoc on the shores of Odisha and West Bengal on Wednesday, aided in the strengthening of monsoon winds.
Monsoon usually arrives in Kerala around June 1 and spreads through India by mid-July.
Sunitha Devi, who’s in head of cyclones at IMD, believes that a low-pressure region will not form right away. “Yaas (Cyclone) has weakened. Now the monsoon will begin to ramp up,” she said.
Cyclone Yaas, according to Mahesh Palawat, vice president of Sky-met Weather, aided in the advancement of the monsoon current in the Arabian Sea. “Heavy to extremely heavy rain has been reported in various districts of Kerala over the last 24 hours. As a result, we anticipate the monsoon will be arriving early.”
Cross-equatorial flow across the Arabian Sea has strengthened, according to OP Sreejith, scientist and head of the Climate Monitoring and Prediction Group. As a result, heavy rain has been reported in Kerala. “But that isn’t monsoon rain. The monsoon is expected to arrive on May 31.”
On May 14, IMD predicted that the monsoon would arrive in Kerala on May 31, a day ahead of its regular arrival date of June 1, with a plus/minus four-day error margin. Summer crops rely on the monsoon season, which brings 70 percent of India’s yearly rainfall. It is vital to the country’s agriculture, which is one of the economy’s pillars. Inflation, jobs, and industrial demand are all influenced by the monsoon. Food inflation is kept in check by good farm output. Harvests that are plentiful help to boost rural incomes and inject demand into the economy.
Written By: Swati Sahoo